June

June flew by too fast! New arrivals in the hedgerows were bistort and common valerian and numerous yellow flowers like dandelions. I’ll deal with those in another blog.

Figwort has interesting flowers but is easy to overlook among the luxuriant summer growth


Black medick and lesser trefoil growing side by side makes it easy to spot their differences. Note the cylindrical clusters of seeds on the black medick fruit at the bottom of the picture compared with the smaller bunches of downward pointing seeds on the trefoil.
black medick

Common bird’s-foot-trefoil has distinctive red buds that open into yellow flowers, earning it its common name of eggs and bacon

bird's foot trefoil

 


Three roses: the familiar bramble, a dog rose and a field rose. Dog roses have white or pink flowers and glossy leaves, with frilly, lobed sepals around the buds as you can see in the second picture from the left. Field roses have matt leaves and small unlobed sepals around the buds.


Four confusable pairs: cinquefoil and silverweed have similar yellow, cup-shaped flowers but very different leaves; tufted vetch has tall spikes of bluish purple flowers while bush vetch has clumps of blue, cream and purple flowers; lesser stitchwort has delicate strap-like leaves while common mouse-ear has thick, furry leaves (hence mouse-ear); self-heal‘s flowers and bracts cluster into cylindrical heads whereas bugle‘s flowers are interspersed with leaf-like bracts along the stem.

[PS. I looked again at the cinquefoil and noticed that it has a mix of 4- and 5-petalled flowers, making it either trailing tormentil, which is uncommon, or hybrid cinquefoil (cinquefoil x trailing tormentil), which is commoner. This one had long-stalked leaves, which makes it the hybrid]hybrid cinquefoil


Also in June: hedge woundwort and hedge bedstraw coming into flower throughout the hedgerow, and large clumps of Russian comfrey just past the top of Green Lane heading east.

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